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    Author(s): Kari Gunderson; Christopher V. Barns; William W. Hendricks; Leo H. McAvoy
    Date: 2000
    Source: In: Cole, David N.; McCool, Stephen F.; Borrie, William T.; O’Loughlin, Jennifer, comps. Wilderness science in a time of change conference—Volume 4: Wilderness visitors, experiences, and visitor management; 1999 May 23–27; Missoula, MT. Proc. RMRS-P-15-VOL-4. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station: 253-259
    Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    Many scientists, managers and advocates for wilderness consider education key to promoting appreciation and understanding of the cultural, environmental and experiential values of wilderness. Despite the large variety and diversity of wilderness information and education techniques, little research exists on the design and application of wilderness education programs and how effectively they influence levels of knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about wilderness.

    Most research conducted on wilderness education programs focuses attention on adult and young adult participants, and only a few have focused on wilderness education programs for school-age children. Wilderness education needs to expand beyond instructing visitors to teaching a shared understanding of the role and value of wilderness to society.

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    Citation

    Gunderson, Kari; Barns, Christopher V.; Hendricks, William W.; McAvoy, Leo H. 2000. Wilderness education: an updated review of the literature and new directions for research and practice. In: Cole, David N.; McCool, Stephen F.; Borrie, William T.; O’Loughlin, Jennifer, comps. Wilderness science in a time of change conference—Volume 4: Wilderness visitors, experiences, and visitor management; 1999 May 23–27; Missoula, MT. Proc. RMRS-P-15-VOL-4. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station: 253-259

    Keywords

    wilderness, environmental education, responsible environmental behavior (REB), values, knowledge, attitudes, behavior

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